Graduate Research Papers
An analysis of research in approaches to instruction, modes of instruction, and foci of instruction in the teaching of writing at the community college
Open Access Graduate Research Paper
current research investigating approaches to instruction, modes of instruction, and foci of instruction in the teaching of writing was studied. Surveys of students and faculty at Northeast Iowa Community College were conducted to determine the status of composition instruction with regard to approaches to and modes and foci of instruction. Results of the research study and the surveys will guide the development of transfer-level writing courses at the community college. Six approaches are currently in use: literature, text-based rhetoric, peer workshop, service course, basic skills, and individualized approaches. Of the four modes, the environmental mode offers the greatest potential for improving writing. Foci of instruction most likely to lead to improved writing skill are inquiry techniques, use of scales, sentence combining, models, and peer-responding; with less improvement likely using free writing and teacher-only feedback and revision; and negative effects likely using direct instruction in grammar and mechanics.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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©1993 Karen Swenson Lee
Lee, Karen Swenson, "An analysis of research in approaches to instruction, modes of instruction, and foci of instruction in the teaching of writing at the community college" (1991). Graduate Research Papers. 2762.
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